TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Complex lead, dark cases make for a compelling cop drama.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Although the series is set in a grim and violent world, the central characters working in law enforcement have a strong sense of justice despite years of hardened experience. "Good" and "bad" might be relative, but evil isn't glamorized.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bosch has tangible flaws, including a penchant for skirting red tape. But his round-the-clock dedication to his job (and his personal backstory) makes him a much more sympathetic character.


Violent imagery includes shootings, dead bodies, and physical combat (including child abuse) with some blood. Cases can be grizzly in nature.


Some light sexual tension and playful banter. Female nudity (breasts) appears in a number of episodes. 


Audible language includes words like "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink socially and smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bosch centers on a hardened Los Angeles homicide detective with a complicated past and a strict sense of justice, a man who may or may not be a hero. Violent imagery includes shootings, dead bodies, and autopsies, plus some physical combat and depictions of child abuse. The main character drinks socially and smokes cigarettes, and characters use strong, unbleeped language like "f--k" and "s--t." There's also female nudity in some episodes and some light sexual banter between male and female characters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 14 years old Written byTyro August 3, 2016

Great show, but with a little to much nudity

This show is great. Very good and thought out characters and story, but in several episodes has female nudity. Wouldn't recommend to people who have never... Continue reading

What's the story?

While standing trial for the murder of a suspected serial killer he shot in self-defense, veteran LAPD homicide detective Hieronymus "Harry" BOSCH (Titus Welliver) discovers the bones of a 13-year-old boy who was brutally murdered. But as the facts of both cases unfold, Bosch must come to terms with his own dark past.

Is it any good?

Inspired by Michael Connelly's bestselling crime novels, Bosch blends plot lines from two different Harry Bosch books with new material to create an ultimately compelling original series that's part crime drama and part character study. But whether you enjoy Amazon's take on Bosch will largely depend on how much you enjoy Bosch himself, because, in many ways, it's all about him.

Welliver effectively shoulders that burden with a portrayal that's both gritty and playful, and he generally makes the dialogue work -- although some of the show's secondary characters are less than believable. What really sells the series though are the cases themselves, which hook you with their horribleness and haunt you with their humanity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bosch's complex lead and whether he's a positive or a negative role model. Does a person have to be perfect to be worthy of praise? Is Harry Bosch a hero, an antihero, or something in between?

  • How important are jazz and the city of Los Angeles to Bosch's overall tone, and why are they so prominently featured? Can inanimate elements like music or location actually function as secondary characters?

  • How does Bosch compare to other dramatic series about violent crime? Does the fact that it airs on Amazon allow it to do things other crime dramas can't?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love drama

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